• Miracles and Other Reasonable Things

  • A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God
  • By: Sarah Bessey
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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Miracles and Other Reasonable Things

By: Sarah Bessey
Narrated by: Erin Moon
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“This book - the fullness, depth, and beauty of Sarah Bessey’s faith and artistic genius - is a miracle” (Glennon Doyle, number one New York Times best-selling author of Love Warrior) and an unforgettable and life-affirming exploration of how trauma can strengthen your faith and miracles can be found in unexpected places. 

In the brief instant Sarah Bessey realized that her minivan was, inevitably, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, clear day of the crash, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences. But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident - as a popular author, preacher, and loving wife and mother - to her new life after, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, she found that the most unexpected result was how it shook her deeply rooted faith, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly. Weaving together theology and memoir, Sarah delivers “a well-written reminder of seeing the miracles in life’s highs and lows” (Library Journal). The road of healing leads to Rome, where she met the pope (it’s complicated) and encountered the Holy Spirit in the last place she expected. She writes about her miraculous healing, learning to live with chronic pain, and the ways God makes us whole in the midst of suffering. She invites us to a path of knowing God that is filled with ordinary miracles, hope in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and other completely reasonable things.

Insightful, profound, and unexpected, “Sarah’s writing is so breathtaking, sometimes you think you are reading poetry. The story is so thrilling, sometimes you think you are devouring a novel. And the Spirit she describes is so compelling, you’ll swear you experienced a revival. You won’t put it down once until you close the last page” (Jen Hatmaker, New York Times best-selling author). 

©2019 Sarah Bessey (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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oh Sarah bessey I love you!

Shis book was so good for my heart. I was touched by the honesty and the beauty of Sarah's writing. Humbling, inspiring, empowering in the most gentle, everyday kind of way. Thank you friend.

(the ONLY way I could love it more is with Sarah's own narration, but wow it was beautifully and tenderly written and read.)

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A gift 🥰

This book is such a gift! I bought it after reading that another author/speaker that I follow, Jen Hatmaker, read it in one sitting. I’m so glad I did, and I will definitely be listening to it again to absorb even more from Sarah’s story. Thank you Sarah!

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Truly a beautiful experience

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about faith and how it is woven into our lives whether we are on the hilltop or in the valley. It is beautifully written and I hated for it to end. It is truly a gift.

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Story of hope and healing

breathtaking. My cynical heart broke open. It is a combination of theology and storytelling with a splash of preaching , but mostly it's like sitting with a friend on the edge of your seat hearing where they've been after a long separation.

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So beautiful!! Thank you, Sarah.

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing your heart, Sarah! The way you share with such grace and hope touched me deeply.

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good, but not groundbreaking

it felt like there were more words than there was meaning-making. It's lovely and well-written, and it may just be that I've read too much of the same recently, but I didn't receive much in the way of new insight here.

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Uplifting story in a troubled time

I was able to hear Sarah Bessey in person at a woman’s conference is Texas in May 2022. She was the keynote speaker at a Presbyterian woman’s conference at Mo-Ranch in Hunt, Texas. Sarah is not Presbyterian or Texan. She spoke with a Canadian accent and observed how different her approach to Jesus and God would be from many other previous speakers. She described herself as a charismatic feminist. After hearing her speak, I wanted to hear more about her. I chose this book in audio form so that I and my 2 friends could listen to her on the 6 hour drive home. We listened with interest and curiosity. She is a wonderful writer and gifted story teller. While I was listening to this book 21 people were murdered in Uvalde, Texas. Finishing this book was all I wanted to do. And that experience didn’t disappoint. In the face of that horrible event, this book gave me insight and courage to delve more deeply into who God is and what his plan is for me and this world.

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Great story on living all life with God

Great story on living all life with God with his presence always there in all of life's ups and downs.

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Relatable, heart warming and enjoyable

This book echoed many thoughts and way points in my own journey, and yet brings new insights and a touch of healing

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Good for a season of despair.

This is my first book by Sarah. I'm not sure what I expected. Sarah's emotions can be felt all throughout this book. Her love for God and people are present. I'm not sure that I had any "WOW" moments but maybe they will come later when something makes me think of the book and I realize the God moment taking place before me. It could also be that I'm not in the same season as she is while she writes this book. If you are in a season of despair this book is likely just what you will want to hear.

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  • Christine
  • 01-14-22

A story worth telling

What a beautiful book. I’ve followed Sarah on social media for about a year but this is the first of her books I’ve had the opportunity to read. As an American who lived in Alberta for five years and felt more at home there than I ever did in The States, I love her descriptions of the landscapes I miss as she tells her story. I connected with her story and am thankful for her courage and vulnerability in this book. It’s a gift.

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  • Trevor Magee
  • 01-02-20

Exceptional of narrative real and spiritual life

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who is deconstructing and reconstructing faith and wants to find hope again

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  • R. Cole
  • 09-07-20

Love this book!

There is something so beautiful about the way Sarah tells a story. I was captive from page one. She held us close. It was like being with a friend while sitting with deep suffering and having them hold you, mother you and give you permission for rest. It was gentle and full and I wanted more. Until next time! Thank you Sarah x

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